|09:30 - 10:00||Registration, poster sessions and networking with refreshments|
|10:00 - 10:10||Welcome
John Haine, Visiting Fellow, University of Bristol
Ian Wassell, Senior Lecturer, University of Cambridge
|10:10 - 10:30||Quantum Computing - Scene Setting
Neil Stansfield, Head, Knowledge, Innovation, and Futures Enterprise
|10:30 - 11:00||How to build a quantum computer, and why
Colin Williams, Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, D-Wave
From a theoretical possibility only a decade ago, special-purpose quantum computing machines are already on the market, and new technologies are being applied to allow more advanced machines to be built using materials and processes familiar from the semiconductor industry. This keynote presentation from a leader in the field will describe the state of the art and prospects for commercial, general-purpose machines.
|11:00 - 11:30||How to build a universal quantum computer
John Morton, Professor of Nanoelectronics & Nanophotonics, UCL
Quantum computers represent the most general form of information processor based on the laws of physics as we know them today. The past couple of decades have seen tremendous progress in the identification of candidate building blocks of quantum computers - so called “qubits”, and the development of fault-tolerant architectures for connecting such qubits. This presentation will review these leading qubit implementations, describe recent progress towards creating small-scale quantum circuits, and outline some of the challenges which must be addresses in scaling up to the point were they can address practical-scale problems.
|11:30 - 11:50||Refreshment break with poster sessions and networking|
|12:00 - 12:30||The end of cryptography as we know it
Michael Brown, CTO, ISARA Corporation
An unexpected outcome of quantum computation is that the fundamental assumptions behind today's public key infrastructure that secures the Internet will become untrue. As a result all the encrypted data now communicated and stored using PKI will become insecure. A ‘Quantum Safe Cryptography’ is needed that can be resistant to quantum algorithm attack, and is being studied in research and standardisation organisations. This presentation will explain the need and discuss some of the approaches being taken.
|12:30 - 12:45||Q&A and Discussion|
|12:45 - 13:45||Lunch with poster sessions and networking|
|13:45 - 14:05||The UK Quantum Technology Programme and Funding Opportunities
Richard Murray, Lead Technologist, Emerging Technologies and Industries, Innovate UK
|14:05 - 14:35||The quantum challenge and opportunity
Paul Martin, CTO, Plextek
To explore the business challenges and opportunities that quantum technology presents to a technology-based company, and why they should care.
|14:35 - 15:05||Securing tomorrow's data using QKD
Zhiliang Yuan, Team Leader, Toshiba Research Europe
Quantum Key Distribution is the first technological application of quantum entanglement. It is already operable on optical fibre links and commercial equipment is in the field. New developments may allow it to be extended to end devices, even handheld ones. QKD may be the technology that saves encryption.
|15:05 - 15:20||Q&A and Discussion|
|15:20 - 15:50||Refreshment break with poster sessions and networking|
|15:50 - 16:20||Our own right time
Patrick Gill, Co-Director, NPL Quantum Metrology Institute, National Physical Laboratory
The talk will explore the application of quantum technology to timekeeping, comparing it with the established atomic clocks, and the importance of distributed precise timing to future communications networks especially 5G.
|16:20 - 16:50||Quantum sensing, positioning and navigation
Trevor Cross, CTO, e2v
Quantum phenomena bring some very interesting new methods for sensing. For example, microgravity sensors can be made with incredible sensitivity, which could enable navigation by inertial sensing and with gravity maps in areas where no other system can operate, deep underground or underwater or inside buildings. This talk will explore these aspects and describe some exciting developments in e2v.
|16:50 - 17:15||Q&A and Discussion|
|17:15 - 17:45||Open forum - with speakers and Dr Hermann Hauser, KBE, CBE, FRS FREng FInstP, Co-Founder, Amadeus Capital Partners|
|17:45 - 17:50||Closing remarks|